The Chefs’ Forum Academy at The Manchester College – Enrolling Now!
The Chefs’ Forum Academy will kick off this year’s weekly masterclasses at The Manchester College with a stellar line-up of guests throughout September – and it’s not too late for new students to enrol!
The Academy provides students at The Manchester College with weekly sessions, where they can access industry standard mentoring and receive expert advice and education about the catering sector.
This year’s series of masterclasses starts on Monday 14 September with Duncan Dickinson, Owner and Head Chef of Herb & Spice Catering, followed by Gary Weir, chef at Gorilla, and freelance chef Darren Cooper.
Speaking about the sessions he’s led, Randall & Aubin Head Chef, Rory Lumsden, said: “It’s been a great opportunity for us to work in partnership with The Chefs’ Forum and The Manchester College, to give the students exposure. I personally have enjoyed both my sessions with the College and through that, I’ve given two students full-time employment with us.
“I’m looking forward to more collaboration between myself and The Chefs’ Forum together with The Manchester College to do this in the future and continue our strong working relationship.”
Now in its second year, the partnership between The Chefs’ Forum Academy and The Manchester College also offers students unrivalled access to the expertise of the country’s best chefs, the opportunity to work at prestigious restaurants and exposure to industry-standard kitchens.
Doug Crampton, Head Chef at James Martin Manchester, who also led a masterclass at the College last year, recently sponsored prizes for four students who achieved the best results in the last academic year.
Doug said: “It’s been great to support The Manchester College through The Chefs’ Forum. I was really impressed with the students’ skills and enthusiasm during our masterclass. It was also a prime opportunity to search for some new talent, so we’ve already had a few people who’ve come to work for us through that.”
You can find out more about The Manchester College’s Industry Excellence Academy for Hospitality & Catering by watching their recent Couch to College session, in which Simon Wood, Patron of The Chefs’ Forum Academy, joined college tutors in showcasing the College’s world-class facilities and course options.
“I look forward to welcoming students back into my restaurant once restrictions are lifted and, in the meantime, I am so grateful to be able to help inspire budding young chefs and hospitality professionals to join our fantastic industry,” Simon said.